What do Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Batman and "Star Wars" have in common? Aside from being hit Hollywood movie franchises, they've all had the honor of being made into very successful LEGO video games. With most of the cinematic blockbusters having their stories captured in colorful bricks, it was only a matter of time until the silver screen's most clever and charming pirate received the LEGO treatment as well. That's right, Johnny Depp fans: "Pirates of the Caribbean" is headed to home consoles, and it's never looked cuter.
As with every other LEGO title, "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game" re-creates the action, adventure and comical moments that made the movies so successful. During the game, you'll find yourself in many different roles as you swashbuckle through the scenes from each of the original three films as well as the upcoming fourth feature, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." As a player, it's your job to ensure the safety of the game's colorful cast of characters, explore the vast environment, and defeat each and every bad guy who stands in your way.
Following the development plan of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Disney Interactive Studios is merely reusing its classic LEGO gameplay and decorating it with a pirate theme. This may seem like a bad thing, but the tried-but-true LEGO engine has thrilled millions of gamers and kept them playing, thanks to the many unlockable items and characters and the innumerable hilarious moments. "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean" is no different, offering more than 70 characters, 20 levels and a bevy of secrets that will have you searching the game's detailed landscapes for days.
Much like the LEGO titles that came before it, "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean" is much more fun when played with friends, which makes the game's co-op multiplayer an absolute necessity. As you venture through the game's levels, you'll need to work together to accomplish tasks, survive combat and pass obstacles.
Despite their comical themes and adorable characters, the LEGO games always offer endless adventuring, solid gameplay, and a laundry list of unlockables. Add Jack Sparrow and his crew to the mix, and "LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean" becomes a must-own for anyone who loves the films while still catering to fans of the LEGO franchise.
Media Link: "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" airs Saturday, May 14, on ABC.